Haunting and both beautiful and horrible. A tale of slavery likened to Dante's Inferno that you will never forget. I have found all of Ward's books to be unforgettable, and this is no exception.
My favorite book of the year, of the last few years actually! I absolutely loved this gothic mystery set in a backwater Kentucky town. Starling House itself is a wonderful character in the book and the secrets it hides will pull you in.
A fascinating story of this accomplished actor of the stage and screen who came from a humble and traumatic beginning in Northern England. The story of his long life with many interesting stories of his roles, famous and not so famous. The stories with Sir Ian McKellen are some of the best!
Holy Cow; take the title to heart! This twisty book is full of unreliable narrators and changing stories! A great psychological mystery with fascinating characters. Hard to put down, keeps you guessing, Lisa Jewell at her best!
A beautiful little book about the power of books and how they connect people. Carl delivers books to shut in customers and is befriended by a local 9-year-old. Reminiscent of A Man Called Ove. I loved it!
A "nice guy" holds a secret; he's really a serial killer who has buried 8 women and keeps a 9th in hiding. Told in the voices of three women- his victim, his daughter, and a local with a crush on him, this intense thriller builds to a tremendous end. For fans of Room and Gillian Flynn or Ruth Ware's books. A real page-turner.
Perfect for those who like the ancient myths retold in modern language, like Circe and Song of Achilles. A love story, with the usual hijinks and drama of The Gods thrown in. Riotous and fun, but also touching.
A tale of two marriages and the death that cuts into them both, complete with lots of twists and mystery to keep you reading. Told in the alternating voices of the two wives- one dead, one living. Who really knows who their soulmate is, or what he did? An excellent fast-paced thriller.
A story within the story carries this tale of a bemused middle school English teacher as her surprise best-selling book is adapted to a Hollywood blockbuster format. Funny, touching, and page-turning; Will Penelope and the character she created survive the transformation? [ American Mermaid] is about striving for success, bearing the costs that come with it and finding your voice again - even when you're the one writing the story."
My favorite book of 2022, now in paperback. A family mystery, murders and thefts, secret societies, maps that lead to hidden realms, rekindled romances, and so much more. A great mix of history, mystery and fantasy; wonderfully written for those who love old things - old maps, old books, old places, old stories.
A stellar combination of genres: coming-of-age, psychological thriller, literary fiction. The characters are compelling, the plot is twisty, and the writing is beautiful. Hard to put down! I loved it! Autographed copies available!
Her life is just what she wants, Meredith has convinced herself. She just hasn't left the house in 3 years. When events conspire to push Meredith out of her safe space, she must confront past trauma and current stresses, but with the help of an eclectic group of people, (and her cat Fred), she might just make it. I loved this character and her journey.
I loved everything about this book: the concept, the setting, the characters. Katy and her mother were planning a trip to Italy when she dies and Katy, reeling with grief, decides to go alone. In the magical setting of the Italian coast, she encounters more magic in the form of her mother returned to life, but as she was 30 years, before Katy was born. Meeting this younger mom challenges Katy's view of her, and of herself and her future. A wonderful read to warm your life.
An atmospheric thriller set in an opulent but decaying Paris apartment building where all the tenants are suspects. Jess arrives seeking refuge with her older brother Ben but finds only an empty apartment, a cat with blood on its paws, and unfriendly neighbors with many secrets. Jess's search for Ben draws her into the lives and mysteries of the building with plenty of twists and turns and fast paced writing that will keep you turning the pages. Another excellent mystery by Lucy Foley!